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Janet's family
Subsistence farming
Kenya Large Transfer
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
53150 KES ($368 USD)
access_time 9 months ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
At present, we reside on a half-acre parcel of land, and we've had aspirations of expanding it. Through my modest business endeavors, coupled with the support of my family, we have successfully secured a half-acre plot of land. In the upcoming year and beyond, we intend to combine this newly acquired piece with our existing property to create a more spacious area for the purpose of cattle rearing.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly's remarkable efforts have made a substantial positive impact in our village. Their approach was transparent and compelling, characterized by the professionalism and effective communication of their staff members, fostering a strong rapport with the local community. This led to widespread acceptance, fostering a peaceful environment that endured throughout the intervention period. While the organization's achievements are commendable, there is an opportunity for further enhancement in terms of amplifying community education and engagement to ensure the sustained benefits of their interventions.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
I used the second transfer to acquire a dairy cow valued at $400, supplementing the existing cow that I had already bought with the previous transfer. I am delighted with the substantial milk supply we now enjoy, which has replaced the need to purchase expensive milk for my family of five. This not only brings us adequate milk but also surplus for selling, generating income to sustain our needs. Additionally, I allocated the remaining money, amounting to $130, to purchase new clothing for three children and essential utensils that were lacking. Alongside my role as a businesswoman, I manage a grocery business and operate a mobile salon, providing hairdressing services to clients. The generous support has led to significant improvements within my household, all achieved since the receipt of the initial transfer.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
55000 KES ($461 USD)
access_time almost 2 years ago
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
The moment I received my transfer, I was at a fundraising event in the neighbourhood. Then suddenly, I heard my phone ringing. Upon checking, I realised that I heard received the promised money from GiveDirectly. I was overwhelmed with happiness. I immediately rushed home to inform my husband. Upon reaching home I broke the news to my equally happy husband. We then embarked on planning how best we would utilise our funds.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
With the high cost of living in our country, I am relieved that I was able to cut down on the cost of buying milk daily. Additionally, I would be able to earn an extra income from selling the milk. This was not easy before because whatever little that we earned was spent on foodstuffs and other basic needs. I am grateful for the tremendous support that brought financial freedom and also lifted our living standards amazingly.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
My husband and I had agreed on how we would best spend our transfers before receiving them. He works as a cook in a nearby secondary school and I am a hairdresser, together we are blessed with two children. Therefore we used KES 35,000 on buying a dairy cow to cut down on the cost of buying milk daily. We were unable to acquire it before due to financial constraints. Additionally, I knew that I would be able to earn an extra income from selling the milk. I then used KES 15,000 on buying iron sheets to build a house once I receive my second transfer. Lastly, I used the remaining amount on foodstuffs and clothes.
access_time 2 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
It means a lot to us as a family. It will help us to build a new spacious house. Currently we are living in a small house that cannot accommodate all of us once our children grow up. We will also buy a cow to supply us with milk for consumption and also sell some of it as income. Currently we are buying milk at a high price of KES 50 per litre which is very expensive given that I don't have a stable job.
What is the happiest part of your day?
My young daughter joined school in May and the joy that she had was enough to make us happy. It is a milestone journey to see your young one start a new life.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
We don't have enough land to plant maize and vegetables. The population pressure has forced us to move away from our home and buy a small piece of land. This land cannot accommodate a cow and a small farm for maize and vegetables. We are planning to buy another piece of land inorder to produce enough food for the family.